Jan 23, 20185 min read

Ok, Google. You Win

My internal struggle with getting a smart speaker ended when my family bought us a Google Home Mini for Chistmas. All my arguments of privacy and flashbacks of Black Mirror eps suddenly went out the door and I was filled with glee as I was sucked into the ridiculous novelty of smart homes. It was the beginning of the end.

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Nov 5, 20173 min read

Welcome Home, Pixel

My wife and I have always wanted to have both a cat and a dog. I'm not sure what led us to that dream but we've had or been close to both types of pets before living together, and learned to love the two different personalities they seem to have.

Now, almost a year since we rescued Fi, we were finally able to complete that family portrait we've always had when we adopted this little guy. Meet our latest addition, Pixel!

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Jun 25, 20175 min read

Wedding Planning in the Eyes of a Programmer

It's been about a month and a half since I married my girlfriend of ten years, Dee. We planned the wedding ourselves which meant we had say in every little detail, being the control freaks we are. But this blog isn't about love and mushy stuff, I want to share with you some tech hacks that helped out a lot throughout the process.

Where do I even being?

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Jan 10, 20172 min read

Introducing Our Newest Family Member

Her story is a little sad. Around her first birthday she became pregnant and was given up to a rescue. While taking care of her own, she even adopted another batch of kittens. As her babies grew, they were quickly adopted but she was left alone unwanted. Her story pulled on our heart strings and we just had to rescue her. She was kitty-litter trained, curious and intelligent but loving and sociable with other pets and kids, so it was a win-win!

Welcome home, Fi.

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Sep 3, 20153 min read

Starting Again, from the Ground Up—Welcome to xyz

So, I did it again. From .com on blogger to .io on Wordpress, I wasn't happy with how little control I had with my personal website. 129 commits in almost two months of smashing it out on the ferry to work and back, here we are!

Built from ground up using NodeJS, Express, Typescript and MongoDB, and open sourced on Github, welcome to jaywick.xyz!

Now the rest of this post will discuss its design and development decisions, so check out the features on the dedicated project page if code isn't really your thing! Or just click around, and enjoy your stay!

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Jun 8, 20152 min read

Chocolatey Goodness on your PC

I started using Chocolatey the other day and now I can't get enough of it. It's basically yum or apt-get but for PC. It handles installation, upgrade, uninstallation as well as dependencies between packages! No need to enable multiple updater services and best of all no more 20 clicks to find the latest download! Check out the following commands:

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May 24, 20152 min read

Developing The Power User's Best Friend

The app launcher on the desktop computer is the power user's best friend. A quick shortcut key and suddenly you have access to everything. No clicking, manual browsing or even scanning one's eyes around. All you have to know is what you're looking for.

After years of trying out apps like Launchy, Enso, Google Desktop, and being heavily jealous over QuickSilver and Alfred on Mac, I decided it was high time to write my own for PC and break past existing shortcomings and uphold to certain visions of my own.

Its goal was simple...

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Apr 2, 20153 min read

How Smartwatches Changed My Life

It's been 90 days since Dee got me my Moto 360. I've had it on almost all the time and installed everything I could find. I'm addicted to new gadgets, especially when you can hack and customise the crap out of it. Suddenly, you could get short bursts of information at a glance of your wrist, you could interact with information faster and get on with what you were doing. But it didn't take too long for me to hate it.

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